Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials

In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.

New hybrid molecules could lead to materials that function at the nanoscale

Synthetic chemists today have the ability to construct molecules of almost any atomic composition, creating new materials with any number of promising applications that range from sustainable energy and environmental remediation, to high-performance electronics.

Wireless sensors powered by good vibrations

MIT researchers are claiming a key advance in overcoming an impediment to taking full advantage of wireless sensors, the little devices that can be used to monitor faraway infrastructure. 

China cracks down on rare earth exports

A wary Beijing is eyeing new restrictions on the export of "rare earth" materials used in the manufacture of low-carbon energy technologies.